When the Giants get to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia prior to Thursday night's game, WR Victor Cruz will visit the spot in the end zone where he suffered a career-altering knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014.
"I don't think I need to," Cruz said Tuesday, "but I will (visit the spot). But yeah, just to kind of reflect and reflect on that moment and reflect on that time, reflect on that feeling and then kind of wash my hands of it and then start to play."
Cruz landed awkwardly on his right leg during the play and was carted off the field. He then underwent reconstructive surgery but suffered a calf injury to the same leg that helped cost him the entire 2015 season.
"That right corner of the end zone down there was a place where it all kind of restarted for me, so obviously it will bring back some emotion and some memories, both good and bad obviously to be back out there, so I am excited for it, man," Cruz added. "I am excited to go and make some new memories and some new thoughts to think about."
Teammate Odell Beckham, Jr. said Thursday night would be one of the most important games of Cruz' life. And Cruz can see why.
"Just to fight over that hump and to get through that game and to play well through that game and to hopefully catch a couple balls and get into the end zone one time in that game it would be the icing on the cake on a year that has been so fruitful for me in my opinion," Cruz said. "Just to come back and to play on a team that has 10 wins and carry on destiny to the playoffs, it is just a moment where you want to be great and want to be a part of and I am just happy that this year, for me individually as well as this team has kind of been a dream come true."
Cruz, 30, has 29 catches for 495 yards and one touchdown this season.